I know many artists who wouldn't ever do a commission. They have in the past, and they really didn't enjoy the experience. Here are some of the reasons I heard:
On the other side, many art lovers are afraid to commission paintings and here are their reasons:
These can all be true! Commissions are difficult - they require some careful communication and negotiation. Don't be afraid to ask for the amount of money you need to do the project, and if you are a client- don't be afraid to negotiate.
I have done a few commissions over the years. I look forward to doing a multiple painting commission project one day! Here is the process that has helped me:
Here is a glimpse into how I created this painting:
I have been working with beeswax and resin, photo transfer, ink & calligraphy pen, oil paints and oil pastels. Lots of layers, drawing and colours. Here is a little breakdown of my process.
Creating a commission painting is a long process and a road which many artists refuse to embark on. Why? Well there are a few reasons why artists often don't like doing commissions:
Most of the time, I really enjoy the challenge of a commission. I try to mitigate some of those above issues by:
"Oh my goodness, they are gorgeous!" - Kandace Wylie-toews
Kandace Wylie-Toews a Drumheller resident and artist herself, has commission a few paintings with her beloved family photos. I can't wait to work with these photos to create some really fabulous paintings!
Kandace, by the way repurposes furniture to create stunning, unique pieces of art for your home. I want to buy each and every piece that she creates!
The Brocanteuse - Check her facebook page out: The Brocanteuse.
Check back here to see how the paintings turn out!
Nancy scanned in and sent me these 4 photos; 2 of her parents and a couple shots of their farm. The last two images are the paintings created from the photos she sent me. My client Nancy, also let me know that her mother used to raise Corgie dogs and that it was a corn farm. Those details went into the drawing on the paintings.
The work is created in 8”x10” birchwood canvas. I have chosen this size because the photos are small and often not in the best quality. I have to fix them up and increase them in size - I can only do this so much before the photos becomes distorted. If you have larger file sizes for your photos we can work on a larger canvas.
Do you have any old photos you would like to see come alive on canvas?
Custom paintings involve meeting people in town and creating work from their photos and also from the stories they tell me about the characters.
Part of what I love about my work is the connection to community. Photos are a great way to have an interesting conversation with strangers. Bev is someone I met at the Drumheller Market and I had the honour of visiting her home.
I usually get a few lines of information - which is all I need to create the paintings, but n this case, I have a whole book full of stories to work from! Bev Myers married into a family with a long history in the Drumheller valley. May Murphy, an Aunt on her husband's side, published a book about this history and now Bev would like to get a couple of paintings to celebrate the family. I'm honour for the opportunity to work with such a lovely family and their stories.
Stay tuned for updates on the photos I choose to work with and how I will use them in my paintings.
"This makes a great gift!" Custom paintings with your family photos. People are really excited about this option.
Send me one or two high resolution files.
Scan your hardcopy photos in at 300dpi.
Save as a jpg and email them to me: email@example.com
Or attach in a facebook message on the page: https://www.facebook.com/jakejoyartist/
I can only improve on the image you send me - try to send me photos that are not too damaged or faded.
Each painting has one theme. If you would like more than one theme included, then you should consider two different pieces.
Here are some examples of old photos I have used so far. Click on each picture to see how the paintings turned out.
The paintings take some of the personal out of the original photos but keeps their essence.
Here is a before and after shot.
Art is the...
great connector of people, places and dreams. It speaks the language of the heart when it is authentic and created from an open and non-judgemental space. It is passionate pursuit of creation with a playful mind.